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May 192012
The Need to Create or Join a Prepper Community To Survive a Level 2 Event

Many preppers are individualists, and their initial assumption – that society will collapse in some form or another – is extended perhaps too far. Yes, they rightly assume they need to plan for a future with no help from normal external support services, and there’s an unspoken element of ‘It will be every man for himself’ WTSHTF.  This is probably even true, to at least some extent. But this sensible focus on self-reliance blinds some […]

May 182012
The Prepper's Code of Politeness

One of the problems in today’s society is that we have isolated ourselves much more than ever before from people different to ourselves. We spend more time in homogenous communities, and so it becomes easier to vilify people who disagree with us, because we don’t see them as ‘people like us’ but rather as ‘strangers unlike us, with strange ideas unlike ours’. This is unfortunate, because as theoretically right as our views may seem to […]

May 132012
The Different Role of Money After TEOTWAWKI

It is very unlikely that in any Level 3 scenario, regular currency such as we currently have in our pockets today, will be honored or accepted by anyone, anywhere. Even in Level 2 scenarios, while US currency may retain its notional abstract value, and people would be foolish if they burned it as fuel for their fire, it is likely that people may have difficulty using it to buy things with.  It will only be […]

May 092012
Why You Should Get a Ham Radio Operator License

(Note – this article is a mix of ‘easy to understand’ material and some material which requires some knowledge of radio technologies.  You can read and learn from it either as a currently non-expert or as a more knowledgeable person, and so other than this comment, we make no apologies for some of the more complex content herein.) A key part of any disaster scenario will be keeping in touch with other prepped people. It […]

May 082012
Legal Issues In An Emergency Part 1

(This is an enormous – and essential – topic, we’ll come back to it repeatedly in future articles.) None of us really know what to expect after TEOTWAWKI.  It is prudent to imagine a range of ‘worst case’ scenarios and to prepare for them to varying degrees. The whole concept of TEOTWAWKI involves vague perceptions of lawlessness, of the break-down of government and law and order; with post-apocalyptic images of roving bands of marauders looting […]

May 032012
Many Believe The End of the World is Approaching - Implications for Preppers

An international survey just released suggests that 15% of people world-wide believe the world will end during their lifetime. The least pessimistic countries were France (6% expect the world to end), Belgium (7%) and Britain (8%).  Here in the US people are the most pessimistic, with 22% of people expecting the world to end in their lifetime, the same percentage as in Turkey.  People see the world ending for a variety of reasons, including biblical […]

Apr 302012
Flash Mobs and Social Media - a 21st Century Threat

There’s nothing new about rioting and civil/social disruption. Indeed, it is currently the 20th anniversary of what are known as the ‘Rodney King Riots’ in Los Angeles – a five-day period of mayhem that erupted with no notice, and which saw looting, destruction, arson and murder across substantial parts of South Central Los Angeles. It is helpful to quickly review lessons from this before moving on to a look at future vulnerabilities. The Rodney King/South […]

Apr 292012
The Difference Between Preppers and Criminal Extremists

There was a time when preppers used to call themselves survivalists. But the main stream media took over this term and used it so overwhelmingly negatively, that to call oneself a survivalist immediately branded one as an anti-social, Aryan-nation, racist, government hating, tax-evading, fundamentalist, dangerous extremist who was plotting to overthrow our country’s government by force.  (Did we leave any negative adjectives out?) Here’s the latest example – a man allegedly killed his wife and […]

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